There comes a point in adulthood (most of the time), when you’re ready to plant yourself and your family, and grow together in one area. Why not do it in a historic district? Personally, I’m one to gravitate towards a clean, sleek and modern feel, but there’s something about the architecture of historic homes that will never get past me. And it’s not just the architecture. There are many reasons why living in a historic district creates lasting memories. And you guessed it! I’m going to explain them.
~This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jax Historic Realty. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~
Let’s start with the obvious – the city’s history. It’s not just the homes that create the historic feel in the district, but it’s also the atmosphere of the whole community, including shops and eateries. Historic districts provide living history lessons, which is much more fun than studying a textbook. Now, I’m not saying that when you live in a historic district, you dress and act like those who once lived in the city. It’s not that at all.
But just being able to live in the same community with some of the same homes, shops and eateries, will instantly give you a sense of connection to the city’s past. It’s all about the history of how the city became and the type of people who once walked its streets. Whether it’s a city built on the efforts of the working class, or a city built on the funds of the affluent class, each historic district is embedded with its own story. When you live right in the middle of it, that’s a connection you’ll never lose.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Things just aren’t made like they used to be.” The same applies to historic homes. If you’ve ever walked into a truly historic home, you know just what I’m talking about. The material, the detail, and the craftsmanship makes all the difference.
Today, we live in a quick and easy kind of world. But at the time when, what we know as historic districts, were built, it was about making things that would last. The best part is that not every historic district is filled with grand buildings and homes. Some exemplify a simpler time, which can be just as grand in their own unique details.
Erin King, at Jax Historic Realty, knows all about historic properties and specializes in Jacksonville, Florida’s historic neighborhoods. He has been passionate about telling their unique histories and restoring them to new life. Today, he helps other old home aficionados do the same. From how to fit a 21st century lifestyle into a historic home, to seeking financing for renovation with a home purchase, to accurately pricing homes in historic districts, Erin is a pro. He’ll make sure the home you choose in Jacksonville’s historic district is one that will grant you the family memories you’ve always wanted.
Unless you’re the type of person who just wants nothing to do with anyone, living in a historic district is perfect. For one, the neighborhood itself will always feel inviting. Historic districts typically have some kind of regulations on upkeep of the neighborhood, which is a good thing. And the homes aren’t the only thing that are old. Some historic districts have original roads and sidewalks, along with beautiful, mature landscaping. I get goosebumps just thinking about taking a stroll through a historic neighborhood.
These are unique neighborhoods where you’ll always have something in common with your neighbors. And it’s important to remember that when the homes were being built, it was a time when neighbors actually knew each other and talked to each other. Do you know your neighbor? Have you ever introduced yourself or even said, “Hello,” from across the street?
Historic neighborhoods and the people who live in them work together to create a happier environment, without even realizing it. It almost just kind of comes with the territory. One thing is for certain though, once you’ve lived in a neighborhood where the neighbors actually care, living elsewhere just isn’t the same. You’ll never forget the connections you made and had.
A lot of people think that just because they live in a historic district, there’s nothing to do or no fun to be had. They’re wrong.
Historic districts can actually be quite fun. Just like most non-historically deemed cities, historic districts host their own calendar of events, from runs/walks (5K’s), to festivals and parades, to different shows (art shows, car shows) and concerts, to their own local events.
Some may say those who live in historic districts even have it better because of everything else that comes along with it.
Do you think you could make lasting memories living in a historic district?
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